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Dark Challenge (Dark #5)

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Librarian Note: Alternate cover edition ISBN 13: 9780505524096


Julian Savage was golden. Powerful. But tormented. For the brooding hunter walked alone, always alone, far from his Carpathian kind, alien to even his twin. Like his name, his existence was savage. Until he met the woman he was sworn to protect...

When Julian heard Desari sing, rainbows
Mass Market Paperback, 390 pages
Published November 27th 2000 by Love Spell
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4 New Family Stars


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Sing for me, cara mia. I love the sound of your voice. It is a miracle. You bring me peace and joy when you sing. You make my body burn as it never has before. Sing for me.-Julian

First read June 2012 Reread January 18, 2016

Dark Challenge the 5th book in the Dark series by Christine Feehan was a nice read. But for me a little slow which is why it's a 4 star and not 5. Julian and Desari are a very sweet couple and I enjoyed reading about Desari's family. There is just
Oct 10, 2015 CC rated it liked it
Shelves: safe-for-me, pnr, series
I liked Julian. His history was sad. Desari was not my favorite. I believe I thought she was a bitch early and then she became a self centered bitch. So uncompromising. I thought for sure at some point she would give an inch to Julian on her career or spending every waking minute with her annoying family. But nope. Not at all. And she bitches to him about them not spending time together! I liked that she was powerful in her own way. I did not like the burden she placed on Julian and her family b ...more
May 13, 2010 Kelly rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2010
Despite how much I enjoyed book #2, this is the book that makes the series pop for me. Maybe it's the fact that a Carpathian male is matched up with a Carpathian female of equal power, not a newly turned fledgling. It was nice seeing the female portrayed as someone with gifts that match her lifemate's.

This is the story of Julian Savage (Book #3-Aidan's twin brother) who has been a solitary hunter for nearly his entire existence. His lifemate is Desari, the younger sister of Gregori (Book #4), wh
Carolyn F.
2nd time reading - this time by audiobook.

Finally a woman that doesn't fight fate! I loved how she saw how she felt and wasn't scared of it or blaming him for her feelings. I forgot how much I enjoyed this book.
Ivana Azap
Mar 17, 2016 Ivana Azap rated it it was amazing
Dark Challenge is book 5 in Dark series by Christine Feehan. From previous books we learned about Julian Savage who was Aidan’s twin brother, who was featured in Dark Gold. Desari is Gregori’s younger Carpathian sister who can sing. She is an ancient, but was thought to have been killed a long time ago. Like all Carpathians, Julian drinks blood; he can shape-shift; he is telepathic; and he can not go out in the sun. The males of the species lose their ability to see in color and can no longer fe ...more
Jan 03, 2016 Natalia815 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: oscura
Entretenidísimo, como todos los de la saga. Lo que más me ha gustado de esta historia es su protagonista, por fin una carpatiana antigua que tiene poderes y que puede defenderse.

La única pega que le pongo a la saga, es que parece que Christine Feehan tiene alergía a los encuentros familiares. Me encantaría leer como interactúan entre ellos después de tantos años separados.
Sep 23, 2010 TJ rated it really liked it
Great paranormal, romantic suspense. Julian's story is especially interesting because we are introduced to a whole new family of Carpathians. The secondary story becomes just as interesting as the primary. With the total Carpathian series being a definite formula, this twist added all the interest needed to keep the reader riveted. The steamy scenes were also more thoughtful and easily skippable for those who prefer.
Lover of Romance
Love reading this as a audiobook, just can't get enough of the narrator. Good way to end the day.
Sep 18, 2009 Debbie rated it it was amazing
Centuries of hunting the undead had left Julian Savage ready to face the dawn, he only had one more task to perform for his prince. The safety of a singer, Desari, was in question after her name was found on a list. Arriving at the concert hall, Julian was amazed to find that even the security at the front door seemed to feel his presence. After seeing and hearing Desari, the color and light and emotions that flooded him left him unaware of the assassins in the hall. He was there to protect her ...more
Jun 03, 2013 Timmysparks rated it liked it
This was my favorite book in the series so far. I really loved Julian. I felt so sorry for him at his forced separation from his twin brother because of the vampire threats. Julian had such a great sense of humor and he didn't have the overbearing possessiveness that the other males in the previous books had. Desari was great too. She was really strong and powerful and was afraid to show it and put Julian in his place when he deserved it. They were such a great couple. I also loved Darius. The b ...more
Not as good but I continue my journey through the series.
Jan 29, 2016 valee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm so excited about the changes going on in the series, it's as if all my demands and complains had been heard and everything I was hoping for became reality. It's funny because with series this long I usually get bored easily, but with this one I can't seem to stop reading. I'm getting addicted to this Carpathian's world.

I loved reading Julian's story. After Aiden, I just had so many questions about this intriguing and mysterious character. Why was he so secluded? Why would he go away from ev
Jul 18, 2015 Amyiw rated it it was amazing
First read June 2010

So I decided to try re-reading some of my favorites of these. I have to say that I probably would not give it a 5 stars today, I have better paranormal to compare it to and... after reading on in the series and getting the repetitive sex and domineering male thoughts and actions, I would dock this one star for the snore worthy sex. I would change it but I would want to read the whole series to readjust all the ratings so that they match. I don't think I have that energy. So r
Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb"
Nov 16, 2014 Edwina " I LoveBooks" "Deb" rated it it was amazing
Dark Challenge is another well deserved 5 star book by Christine Feehan. The story of Julian Savage who has been sent out by the Prince of the Carpathian people Mikhail Dubrisky and an his 2nd in command Gregori Daratrazanoff to locate and protect a women Desari whom they believe to be a human with Physic gifts.

Wow!! what Julian finds is not only his Lifemate but a whole group of singers and band players that are all lost Carpathians. They call themselves the Dark Troubadours. Not only are they
Mar 18, 2015 Pete rated it really liked it
Shelves: feehan-christine
Dark Challenge is book 5 in Dark series by Christine Feehan. From previous books we learned about Julian Savage who was Aidan’s twin brother. Desari is Gregori’s younger Carpathian sister who can sing. She is an ancient, but was thought to have been killed a long time ago.

Since I’m a fan of strong female leads, Desari was not a “why are you doing this to me gal” as previous books. The intolerable Carpathian Warrior male dominance made me a little weary. Get over it already . Desari’s charact
Feb 09, 2014 Robin rated it it was amazing
This was a great romance story and loved the relationship between Desari and Julian who are both two strong Carpathian Ancients. Desari has a very special gift with her voice and is a very strong woman. I also loved all of the characters who are in her band. Darius is a strong Ancient through his bloodline and saved and raised 6 Carpathian children one of whom turned vampire. But they all have strong strengths in them and obey what ever Darius tells them as their official leader not knowing ther ...more
Alex is The Romance Fox
Nov 04, 2011 Alex is The Romance Fox rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christine-feehan
Wonderful and sensual story of yet another golden Carpathian…Julian twin brother of Aidan has given up hope of meeting his life mate and he knows he’s on the verge of turning into an evil vampire or ending his life.
He meets Desari, the beautiful singer in the band The Dark Troubadours and he knows he has found the woman who will save him.
Wow….the 5th book in the series is HOT HOT….I absolutely loved the band and the members. The story is absolutely incredible…..I drank in every word I read…..I c
This one was really good. I loved Desari's story - finally a carpathian woman who's just as powerful (in some ways more) than her lifemate! The only thing that dissapointed me was the storyline between Barack and Syndil. What happened there? It seemed to me that they were lifemates but they couldn't work through Syndil's pain. And it was never explained... I don't understand. I hope there is more to their story later on in the series.
I really enjoyed this installment. I thought the ancient Carpathian heroine was a nice touch. So far all the women have been young mortals with psychic powers or - in one case - a very young Carpathian woman who was basically a fledgling.

It was refreshing that Desiree understood how the men were and gave them some slack and didn't insist on becoming a vampire hunter the way a lot of the human women do. She knew and accepted that she wasn't cut out for murder and mayhem and didn't want to be. Ye
Lilian Bascuñan
Jan 16, 2016 Lilian Bascuñan rated it it was amazing
This is a very long series (around 28 rigth now) that tell us the history of a group of people called "Carpatians", this men's & women's have powers and qualities, very similar to the vampires, they feed on blood, sleep in the ground during the day, talk with animals, change into others forms (like wolfs, birds, mist, etc), but they are born from a woman, like the human babies, and grow like a human baby, during the first years of their lifes, then when they reach maturity (some point betwee ...more
Kristine Hansen
So...this got more than a little frustrating.

Julian has a dark side. But then he finds his lifemate and there is light in his life. But he's got this dark side. And she loves him and he loves her and her family is even accepting of him. But he's got this dark side. And in the past he's kept away from people (because of his dark side), and has hunted vampires because you long as he's got a dark side, he may as well put it to good use. But he doesn't like getting too close
3.5 stars
First paragraph: Julian Savage hesitated outside the door to the crowded bar. He had come to this city for one last errand before he would choose a Carpathian's eternal rest. Almost an ancient of his race, he was weary of the centuries of living in a stark, gray world void of the intense colors and emotions known to the younger males of his kind, or to those who had found a lifemate. Still, he had one last goal to accomplish, one more thing asked of him by his Prince, and then he could meet the ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Self-Proclaimed Book Ninja)
I'd give it 4.5 stars. These Carpathian books are really addictive. Julian was totally yummy. He was living large and in control. I thought Desari was a great match for him. She was an ancient too, and wasn't about to fall for the 'little girl' stuff. She actually gave him a reality check and he listened and appreciated her. They had a relationship of give and take, supporting each other.

I really loved the musical aspects in this story, how Desari could use her voice as a tool for helping the an
Jen (Red Hot Books)
"Dark Challenge" is the 5th book in Christine Feehan's Carpathian series. This story focuses on Julian Savage, an ancient Carpathian, and twin to Aidan, who was featured in Dark Gold. Like all Carpathians, Julian drinks blood; he can shapeshift; he is telepathic; and he can not go out in the sun. The males of the species lose their ability to see in color and can no longer feel emotion after their 200th year. Julian is around 800 and is ready to end his existence. If a Carpathian man goes too lo ...more
Jul 20, 2012 Heather rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
this was better the 1st time around.
once u get past the initial coolness& sweetness,once u step back,it all seems rlly ridiculous. they lose emotion &color.its all rlly dramatic.
her stories&characters r so similar and predictable that it becomes a case of-will this girl be a singer or dancer this time? her storylines r all the same.she just changes the professions of the girls.wud be nice if she got more realistic &relatable characteres&jobs.
her dark series r so alike.a lot o
Elaine White
May 04, 2015 Elaine White rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fav-series
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Shana (ReadingVixen)
Jan 26, 2013 Shana (ReadingVixen) rated it really liked it
MUCH better than the previous books! I'm glad the author finally stepped up and made the female protagonist stronger. The previous books had the main women characters too timid for my liking. They allowed the male protagonists to be TOO overbearing, TOO arrogant, and TOO obnoxious.

In "Dark Challenge," Julian tells Desari the same thing the others in the previous books said: "Your happiness and safety is placed above all things." "You're my lifemate; we belong together." "Nothing you can do will
Feb 20, 2011 Katya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: vampire
Like so many of Christine Feehan's "Dark Series" novels they start off strong and the chemistry between the hero and heroine is very spicey and compelling. But I am finding that they sort of fizzel out. I wanted to like this one but started wondering who where these people? Other than the beginning plot I might have been reading "Dark Magic" or "Dark Gold." What made Julian different was why he kept himself apart from everyone and even his twin. That could have been really played up...but wasn't ...more
Yup! I was right, Julian and the singer, Desari.

And this definitely switched things up for me. It was even a bit feminist! (other reviews for this series here)

Let's get down to it!

So, as we know from Dark Magic, Julian, Aidan's twin, is pretty close to changing. In an effort to keep him going a bit longer, Gregori gives him the task of protecting a human woman the society thinks is a vampire.

Of course she's his lifemate.

But here's the good part: She's Carpathian!

OK, so back in the day, the Carpa
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“Desari reached up to trace his lips. ‘You have a perfect mouth, Julian. An amazingly perfect mouth.’
He arched an eyebrow at her. ‘Just my mouth is amazing?’
‘You are such a man.’ Her eyes laughed at him. ‘You need constant reassurance that you are magnificent.’
He nodded. ‘Magnificent. I like that. I could live with magnificent. Good choice of words, lifemate.”
“No, they would not be happy to take my place at your side, cara mia, because I would promptly end their lives in a most unhappy way.’
‘You are such a caveman, Julian. You look tall and elegant and princely, yet you have not matured beyond the cave.’
…’I have no intention of riding above caveman mentality,’ he growled in her ear, his breath teasing tendrils of hair and sending little flames dancing through her bloodstream. ‘There are so many benefits for the caveman.”
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